Ah yes, August in Gainesville. A time when the hanging humidity of summer disappears, and the city is cooled by a refreshing fall breeze that sends A/C units citywide into fits of jealousy and envy.
…Uhh. Yeah right.
What August in Gainesville actually means is that it’s still hotter than &^%$ and will remain so another couple of months. But, hey, at least football season is around the corner.
In all seriousness, August marks the beginning of the end of the summer heat in North Florida. Daily average temperatures will drop from now until nearly February, though they will remain, on average, above 80 until mid-October.
However, that also means that as runners we must battle serious heat for another two to three months. These months may be hot and uncomfortable but they will make you stronger, tougher and a better runner, so STICK WITH IT!
In an earlier post, I discussed some general tips and tricks for running in the summer heat. A hugely important issue that I didn’t reach in that earlier post is that of food, particularly eating before running. During the hot and humid summer of Gainesville, what you eat and when you eat it may be the difference between a successful run and a disastrous one.
Of course, not everyone likes or can eat the same foods, and creating pre-run eating rules that work for everyone is about as possible as biking to the summit of Everest naked and blindfolded.
Instead of a one-size-fits-all solution, in Part 2 of Eating Before Summer Running, we’re going to take a little tour of my refrigerator and pantry. I’m going to give you simple and practical food ideas and eating guidelines that have helped me brave the sun, heat and humidity of a couple North Florida summers. And since I’m 25 and nearly broke, I promise they’ll be affordable.
To the kitcken!
Eating Before Summer Running Part 2 coming soon…